Mr. Payne sat across the desk as I signed off on my evaluation. It wasn't a bad evaluation but I personally wasn't happy with my first year teaching at South B. While some of the lessons and ideas I migrated from Apex HS worked, many did not. As I lamented over this, he gave me some great advice.
"It's going to take three years to get your program up and running," he said.
"Three years? I'm not a new teacher."
"It doesn't matter. Give it three years and you'll have it running smoothly."
I let it sink in. Though it was still art class, everything else was different. Different building, different room, different technology, and of course, different students. I had to modify the program to fit the needs of South B.
Fast forward one year. 2017 was a year of trial and error, seeing what would work and tossing out things that didn't. Here's a look at some of the best of 2017 as we work towards the end of year two.
Are You Engaged?
Grading, ugh! From Facebook posts to Twitter tweets to forums on the Art of Education, I can't even begin to count the endless conversations I've had about this topic. I tell students all the time, there are two bad reasons to make art.
1. Making art and then asking what grade it should receive.
2. Asking what grade they'll receive if they make art.
For this reason, grading projects is not in my repertoire.
So how does one enter a grade, that demonstrates that students are working towards their objective, when every student has a different objective? The Engagement Grade.
The engagement grade (click here for more info) tracks the student's daily activities and combines this into a weekly alphanumeric entry. Though it still needs tweaking, which will happen in 2018, the overall process is a rather accurate representation of engagement.
The one thing the engagement grade was missing was an artifact for documentation and student reflection.
This is part one of a five part series. Read the rest here:
Part 2 Reflection | Part 3 Subject Based Choice | Part 4 Introducing Media | Part 5 Teaching Technique
First Attempt: This week we introduced the concept of the Newimal. it's about using photo editing software to combine two animals into one new animal. We took a look at Pixlr.com, talked about some basic editing techniques and went to work. This is this student's first attempt and I think it turned out swimmingly. In related news, it looks like we will be offering Computer Art & Animation next year. A first for South B and a first in Brunswick county!
First Attempt: Had a few students ask about charcoal. I said, you should run a few tutorials and see what you think. In the end, they didn't really like working with charcoal. However, nice job on the tutorials, don't you think?
Experimentation: The color illustration to your right side is an original character created by Audrey. The pencil drawing to your left is a recreation of the original character to the right. In other words, Brooke appropriated Audrey's original character and turned it into her own original character which Audrey thought was rather cool.. cause it is rather cool, don't you think?
First Attempt: These two girls have been working on murals most of the semester. That's cool and all but sometimes you just need a break. they were looking for something different, something fun. I gave them the camera and sent them into the closet. Here we see their first attempt at light drawing.
Experimentation: If you had 12 works of art and wanted to put together a portfolio, how would you lay them out? Would you put your strongest first... or your weakest? This is the thing Nyssa experimented with today. Here we see the images when they were first laid out in no particular order.
First Attempt: Inspired by Professor Clyde, we took a look at the idea behind a marble drop. This first attempt is rather straight forward but it introduced the concept. Though this prototype wasn't continued, it did lead to our next project which is based on how Micaella Pedros re-purposes discarded plastic bottles into joints that can be used to hold wooden piece together... stay tuned!
Side Note: Ohio isn't in my class but this semester but she did ask me to be her mentor for her senior project. Her project was on special effects makeup. Right up until the last few days that her project was due, i kept asking her about her project. To be honest, I was a little scared she wasn't going to have it done. Then on the day of her presentation, she comes in like this. I'm not sure this photo does the scales and body paint justice. it was very cool.
We had several students trying their hand at photography this week. The photo above was taken inside the Oak Island lighthouse. The student then hand edited the photo to achieve the coloring and lighting effect she desired.
I like how everything is smushy looking. it adds movement,
This student went swimming and ran into a school of jellyfish. She was stung several times but luckily had her underwater camera and was able to capture this photo. Just kidding. She took the photo at the aquarium.
This student was interested in drawing an eye so I recommend she try her had at using gray paper with black and white charcoal. She ran a tutorial to accomplish the results. Interested to "see" (lol) where she will take it.
Everyone like whimsical things and what is more whimsical that three elephants taking a bath in a wooden tub?
This is a drawing based on the underside of the pier. The student colored it with marker but she wasn't happy with the results at all. She flipped it over in an effort to make it go away but what was revealed on the other side was rather interesting.
Several other works still in progress....
It's the monster looking at the girl and himself in the mirror, and the girl is looking at him in her mouth (from the monster's point of view).
We just received a donation of oil paints. this is Graci's first attempt at using oil paints. This is still a work in progress.
Drew wanted to give silk screening a go.
Each Tuesday we offer a demo of a new technique. student's have the option of participating if they are interested. this week's Tech Tuesday was tie dying.
As part of his senior project, Jacob wanted to create a 3D print of a rib cage. here, he is using Tinkercad to for the pieces. next, we will 3D print the model on the Makerbot printer.
Pen and Ink, charcoal, oil paint
The range of "happenings" at the Art of South B is always wide, from computer art to traditional painting, to journaling to 3D. Still, there are trends that emerge. This week, we take a look at some of those works that were started right before Thanksgiving break.
first, we have prints created on both linoleum as well as easy cut blocks. The print of the tree rings is an etching, scratched into plastic.
Our fourth block class took an interest in watercolors. in order to learn, we took a look at other finished watercolor paintings and copied them. So some of these aren't original works of art. That's right, we broke international copyright laws. But we did it for the sake of education.
There are plenty of rouge things happening as well. These include making a 3D reindeer, painting a beach scene mural, using pastels, pen and ink, felting and more...
Here's some stuff happening at South B this week. several of these projects were based on word themes. Other students choose to follow one of the Nine.
The theme giving for the above artwork was Collection. This student decided to create a collection of fruit in a blender. That looks yummy! Plus, I think its a playful and nicely done painting.
The above works are all based on the theme Collection. A collection of colored pencils, a collection of Barbies (thanks to Ms Sotriffer for lending us her kid's toys for references), and a collection of (the dreaded) Skittles.
The above mixed media, color pencil and collage work was created based on the theme, Imagination. The portraits are two classmates who volunteered to be models.
Several other portraits are being worked on including Chris Pratt (above left), a portrait of the student's dad (middle), and a handsome guy from TV show that must have to much dram for me to remember the name of the show.
There also always seems to be a certain amount of less traditional art being made here at South B. Above, this team just finished this mural in one of the offices and now they have two more requests to complete to more murals in two more offices!
The first image is the start of a paper mache deer that will be part of a Christmas display. The second image is a painting on tar paper. The white outline is chalk that will be washed off when completed, revealing the black paper below. The third image is a felted penguin. It's our first felting project.
A lot of experimentation this week in the art room at South B. That's always fun to see. For example, this crayon portrait. Shaved crayons melted with the heat gun.
He thought the natural knots in the wood looked like an owl. He decided to make it so. This is a work in progress with the final piece drawn on three separate pieces of wood using both black and white charcoal pencils.
Meanwhile, down the hall... our school resource officer was looking to brighten his office. Three students volunteered to paint this ocean view.
Below, are a few more happenings from this week at South B....
This week we introduced the Nine and many of the students were working on their packets. Other students were finishing up work about collections. Above a student's collection of shells in watercolor. Take a look at some of the other happenings from this week at South B, below.
Last week, we started a new approach to creating art here at South B. Instead of starting with media, or themes or even Artistic Behaviors, we started with the subject.
Well, I know what you’re thinking. That seems very broad. That’s what I thought too but it turns out it’s not. Actually, there are only nine things you can make art about. You say, Sands, that’s crazy talk. Certainly there are more than nine topics. But I say, we have a list of nine topics. These are subjects that one would make art about (not style or genre or technique) and pretty much any art you want to make can be made under one of the Nine. So before you judge, take a look at the list.
Above: Artwork created using the Architecture Packet (work still in progress).
So how does this work? We started by only introducing three of the Nine. The first three are Architecture, The Figure and Imagination. Each topic was presented to the students as a packet that contained the objective, questions for consideration, video tutorials for further exploration and examples of artwork. The students selected one packet they wished to pursue. Next, they answered the questions, tried a few tutorials, and planned a final work. We are currently spending this week working on their final piece.
Above: Artwork created using the Figure Packet (work still in progress).
Next week, the students will receive the next three packets; Portrait, Landscape and Conceptual. They will then have the choice to select either one of the new packets or any of the previous packets. Eventually, the students will be introduced to all nine packets. After that, they will be free to select from any of the Nine.
Above: Artwork created using the Imagination Packet (work still in progress).
Cheyenne, Art Two completed this portrait of her mother and her as a baby. As part of the Teen's Inspired contest, her work was inspired by Madonna and Child in a Landscape, part of the NC Museum of art's permanent collection.
Taylor created this piece for the Breadth section of her AP Studio Art portfolio.
Working in charcoal, Drew wanted to give the impression that these flowers were draw on a brick wall.
Katie finishing up this acrylic on illustration board with the intention of incorporating a figure into her work.
Below are other works in progress as part of whats happening this week at South B.
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